Angelic Symbols

Angelic Symbols
 

Angelic Rank

The four levels of angel rank are found in Colossians 1:16:
For by agency of Him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible (mankind) and invisible (angels), whether thrones (Throne Angels) or Angelic Powers or Commanders or authorities (Managers)—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
The levels of angelic rank are:
  1. Throne Angels - qrovno" (Thronos)
  2. Angelic Powers - kuriovth" (Kuriotes)
  3. Commanders -  ajrchv (Arche)
  4. Managers - ejxousiva (Exousia)


Throne Angel Symbols

Lion

  1. Jesus Christ - the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:9; Rev 5:5)

  2. One of the faces of the angels of the Lord (Ezek 1:10; 10:14; Rev. 4:7)
    Gospel of Matthew (Jesus Christ, the King)
  3. Lions (Satan) surrounded Jesus on the cross (Psa 22:13)
  4. Wicked ruler (Prov 28:15)
  5. King of beasts (Prov 30:30)
  6. Babylon was like a lion that would destroy Judah (Je 4:7, 12:5; La 3:10)
  7. Lions would destroy Edom (Jer. 49:19) and Babylon (50:44)
  8. Destruction of the pride of the Jordan in the Fifth Cycle of Discipline prior to the Second Advent (Zech. 11:3)
  9. Beast (Chaldean Empire) (Daniel 7:4)
  10. A lion (destroyer) to Ephraim and the house of Judah (Hos 5:14; 13:7-8)
  11. The devil (1 Pet 5:8)
  12. Beast from the sea - Dictator of Revived Roman Empire (Rev. 13:2)

Eagle

  1. One of the faces of the angels of the Lord (Ezek 1:10; 10:14; Rev 4:7)

  2. Gospel of John
  3. Beast (Chaldean Empire) (Daniel 7:4; Deut 28:49)
  4. Lord who carried Israel on eagle's wings (Deut 32:11)
  5. Symbol of prosperity (Prov. 23:5)
  6. Symbol of strength (Isa 40:31)
  7. Symbol of the speed (of the enemy's war horse) (2 Sa 1:23; Jer 4:13; Hab 1:8)
  8. The enemy of Israel (Hosea 8:1)
  9. Nest on high (Job 39:27; Obadiah 4)
  10. Baldness of mourning (Micah 1:16)
  11. An angel in the Tribulation (Rev 8:13; Rev 12:12)

Hawk

  1. As the counterpart for an eagle, the hawk represents and evil ruler, or dictator.
  2. Unclean bird (Lev. 11:16; Deut 14:15)
  3. Migrates under the control of the Lord in the Plan of God (Job 39:26)

Snake

  1. Serpent that deceived 'Ishah (Gen. 3:1-4, 13-14; Ex. 4:3; 2 Cor. 11:3)

  2. "Serpent" is Hebrew  vj*n* , nachash with root meaning to bite; from Arabic to goad, prick.
  3. Dan was a serpent that bit the horse's heels, a viper (Gen 49:17)

  4. "Serpent" is Hebrew vj*n*, nachash and "viper" is Hebrew /p)yp!v+ (shephiphon, viper; root meaning horn)
  5. Aaron's rod, a serpent (Ex 7:9)

  6. "Serpent" is Hebrew /yN!T*, tannin, a general word for a large snake-like creature, e.g crocodile or dragon
  7. "Flying fiery serpent" (Isa 30:6)

  8. "Serpent" is Hebrew  [r*c*, saraph, meaning fiery serpent; the verb, saraph, means to burn.  Saraph is the Hebrew for seraph (plural seraphim), a six-winged angel.
  9. Scribes and Pharisees (Matt 23:33)
  10. Satan (Rev. 12:9; 20:2)
  11. The disciples were to be "shrewd as serpents" (Matt. 10:16)

Angelic Power Symbols

Bull

  1.  One of the faces of the angels of the Lord (Ezek. 1:10, Rev. 4:7)

  2.  Gospel of Luke
  3.  Bulls surrounded Jesus on the cross (Psa 22:12)
  4.  Animal sacrifice (Ex. 24:5; Lev. 1:5-9, 4:3-12, 13-21; Num 23:2; Heb. 9:13, 10:4)

  5. - Offered for a priest (Lev. 4:3-12)
    - Offered for the congregation (Lev. 4:13-21)
  6.  Golden calf idols (Baal worship, Ex 32:4; Psa 106:19; 1 Ki. 12:28; Hos 13:2)
  7.  Constellation Taurus - return of the Redeemer.

Goat

  1.  Animal sacrifice (Gen. 15:9; Lev. 1:10-13)

  2.   - Guilt offering for a leader, male goat (Lev. 4:22-26)
      - Guilt offering of an individual, female goat (Lev. 4:27-31; 5:1-6)
      - Substitutionary offering for propitiation and atonement, scapegoat (Lev.16:7-10, 15-22)
  3.  Goat's hair

  4.   - Curtains in the Tabernacle (Ex 26:7)
      - Pillows were made of goats' hair (1 Sam. 19:13, 16)
  5.  Wild goats (Nubian ibex) live in the mountains (Job 39:1; Psa 104:18, Hebrew lu@y*, ja`el, pl.)
  6.  Young goats (kids) were eaten (Judg. 6:19)
  7.  Male goat (Hebrew dWTu^ , `atud) - leader of the flock, king

  8.   - Poise and stately demeanor of royalty (Prov. 30:31)
      - Leaders of the nations that oppose the Lord at the Second Advent (Isa 14:9; Ezek 34:17)
      - Israeli leaders fleeing before the destruction of Babylon (Jer. 50:8)
  9.  Symbol of Graeco-Macedonean Empire (Dan. 8:5, 8, 21)
  10.  Satyr, a demon depicted as half-man/half-goat (Isa. 13:21, 34:14; Lev. 17:7; 2 Chron. 11:15)
  11.  Kid and leopard will lie down together in Millennium (Isa. 11:6)
  12.  Goats and sheep mixed; goats (unbelievers) separated at Baptism of Fire (Matt. 25:32-33, 41)
  13.  Wine bottles were made of goat skin (Mk 2:22)
  14.  Parchment made from goat and sheepskins (2 Tim. 4:13)
  15.  Clothes were made from goatskins (Heb. 11:37)

Ram

  1.  Ram used in the ordination of Aaron and the Levitical Priests (Ex 29)
  2.  Animal sacrifice (Gen. 15:9; Lev 5:14-19; 6:1-7)

  3.  - Offered for sins against things holy (Lev 5:14-19, 6:1-7)
     - Burnt offering (Lev. 9:2)
     - Peace offering (Lev. 9:4)
  4.  Rams skins dyed red, tanned, for roof of Tabernacle (Ex 36:19)
  5.  Trumpets were made of ram's horns (Josh 6:4)
  6.  Ram - leader of the flock, king (national leaders doomed in Babylon, Jer. 51:40; Jewish leaders at 2nd Advent, Ezek. 17:34)
  7.  Media Persian Empires (Dan. 8:3-7, 20)
  8.  Constellation Aires - Christ the Conqueror, Commander-in-Chief at the Second Advent (Matt. 26:64; Rev. 4:11, 5:11-12)
  9.  Rams of Nebaioth will minister to Israel in the Millennium (Isa 60:7)

Frog

  1. Plague of Egypt (Exodus 8:2-13; Psa 78:45; 105:30)
  2. Sent to world rulers (Rev 16:13-14)
  3. Represents a demon world power (kosmokrator) (Epheians 6:12)

Spider

  1. Spider (Isa 59:4)
  2. Beelzebub, Beelzebul, or Baalzebub (Baal (lord) of flies) (2 Ki 1:2-6; 16; Matt. 12:24; Luk 11:15)

Angelic Commander Symbols

Bear

  1. Wicked ruler (Prov 28:15)
  2. Babylon was like a bear sent by the Lord (Lam 3:10)
  3. Beast (Media-Persian Empire, Dan. 7:5; Revived Rom. Empire, Rev 13:2)
  4. Attacked David's sheep (1 Sam. 17:34-36)
  5. Bear robbed of cubs:

  6. - Warriors (2 Sam 17:8)
    - Fool (Prov 17:12)
    - Destroyer of N. Kingdom (Hos 13:8)
  7. Symbol of Baal (2 Ki 2:24)
  8. Constellation Ursa Major (Job 9:9)
  9. Not wild in Millennium (Isa 11:7)
  10. Growl (Isa 59:11)
  11. Samson was like a bear as a warrior and lover of honey (Judg. 14:6-9)

Leopard

  1. Babylon:

  2. - Like a leopard (Jer. 5:6)
    - Characterized by spots (Jer 13:23)
  3. Beast:

  4. - Graeco-Macedonian Empire (Dan. 7:6)
    - Revived Roman Empire (Rev. 13:2)
  5. Mountain of leopards (SOS 4:8)
  6. Tame in the Millennium (Isa 11:6)
  7. Lying in wait (destroyer of N. Kingdom) (Hos 13:7)
  8. Swift (ref. war horses of the Chaldeans) (Hab 1:8)

Wolf

  1. Benjamin was like a ravenous wolf eating up the spoils of victory  (Gen. 49:27)
  2. Babylon was like wolves (Jer. 5:6; Ezek 22:27; Hab 1:8)
  3. Leaders of Jerusalem (Zeph 3:3)
  4. False prophets (Matt 7:15)
  5. Wolves are the enemies of sheep (a symbol of the believer) (Matt. 10:16; Luke 10:3; Jn 10:12
  6. The wolf and lamb will lie down together in the Millennium (Isa 11:6)

Hornet

Sent by the Lord ahead of the Army of Israel to drive out the enemy (Ex 23:28; Deut. 7:20; Josh 24:12)

Dugong

  1.  Dugong skin covering of the Tabernacle symbolized humanity of Christ (Ex. 26:14, 36:19)
  2.  Dugong skin tarpaulins use covering furniture of the Tabernacle for moving (Nu. 4:4-14)
  3.  Dugong skin sandals worn in the wilderness (Ex 16:10)

Ostrich

Ostriches are eccentric.  They are asymmetric, and they are stupid birds.  They have weird habits, like eating rocks, watches,
pieces of rope, and other junk - i.e. they eat junk food.  They make their nests in the sand, but sometimes leave them
unguarded.  They run like crazy faster than a horse.  Weighing 300 pounds and going 40 to 50 mph, with their tails spread and
wings flapping, they are an awesome spectacle.  Ostriches live in thorn bush country in semi desert; thus, they were one of the
inhabitants of the wilderness during the Exodus. The name of the ostrich tribe is Hebrew bath hajj`anah, which means
inhabitant of the desert.

The incubation period for ostrich eggs is 42 days.2  The ostrich lays its eggs in the sand.  One of the names for the ostrich is
umm thelathin, which means mother of thirty, because thirty eggs are laid in a nest.  The female sits on the eggs during the day,
although she occasionally gets up when the sun has the sand warm.  She arises at the end of the day to fetch the male, who sits
on the eggs all night.  It isn't too bright to make the nest in the sand since animals or people can step on the nest and smash the
eggs.  When an intruder, such as a human, finds the nest and leaves tracks, the ostrich will smash its own eggs with its hoof like
feet.  Near the end of the incubation period, even though she is fast enough to run away, the female ostrich will not leave the
nest when a hunter approaches.  She will sit on the eggs and allow herself to be shot.  In the early stages of incubation, she will
leave the nest to find the male.  But when she finds him, she will always bring him back to the nest where they both can be
killed.

The ostrich was a symbol of the curse of Baal in the approaching Fifth Cycle of discipline due to the ostrich's cruelty to its
young (Job 39:14-17; Lamentations 4:3).  This observation came from the way the ostrich built its nest in the sand, often
leaving eggs exposed after digging only a shallow hole, and wandering away from the nest during the day.  The ostrich was
worse than a jackal (or wolf), which suckled their young and didn't leave them at the mercy of the desert heat.  Prior to the
Fifth Cycle of Discipline, the women sacrificed their children to Baal in the phallic cult.  During the siege of Jerusalem, the
women ate their babies.

In the final analysis, the ostrich represents stupidity and symbolizes a person without wisdom or understanding (Job 39:13-18).
And the ostrich was an inhabitant of the wilderness.  Thus, the ostrich symbolized those in the Exodus generation who died the
sin unto death because they rejected wisdom (Bible Doctrine).

Camel

A camel is a desert creature that represents the legalistic female, who was symbolized in Jeremiah by the fiddle footed filly camel that tangled up the caravan in the desert as she snooped for a male (Jeremiah 2:23).  A camel symbolizes the second generation of the Four Generation Curse.  Examples include, Isaac and Solomon.  Other symbolic uses of the Camel in scripture include:

Donkey

Donkeys in scripture are both wild and domesticated.  The wild ass is the Hebrew, ar#P# (pere').  The correct name is Onager, Equus hemionus, classified by zoologists as a "half-ass."  The wild ass symbolizes a wild child, who is uncontrollable and a social misfit like Ishmael (Genesis 16:12).  The wild ass also symbolizes insatiable lust (Jeremiah 2:24).  The Hebrew romj^ (chamor) is the donkey named for its reddish color.  It refers to the domesticated donkey, which was the pack animal of Israel.  The donkey symbolized strong, industrious blue-collar workers like Issachar (Genesis 49:15).  The donkey also symbolizes the second generation of the Four Generation Curse.  Ishmael was an example.

Horse

A horse represents war and a male phallic reversionist. The horse also symbolizes the third generation of the Four Generation Curse.  Jacob was an example. Among the meanings of the horse are: Horses and mules are steered by means of a bit in their tender mouths; the analogy demonstrates the corresponding power of the tongue to cause extensive consequences (Psalm 32:9; James 3:3).

Mule

The mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey, with characteristics often better than either.  It may be more easily managed than a horse, more docile than a horse, sure-footed like a donkey, strong like a donkey.  Mules were often ridden by nobility in the ancient world, e.g. Absalom rode a mule (2 Samuel 18:9).  Mules symbolize the fourth generation of generation of the Four Generation Curse.  Human counterparts are passive, docile, and non-offensive (teflon personalities).  Examples include Joseph and Dinah.

Hinny

A hinny is the offspring of stallion (male horse) and a female donkey.  The Hebrew ry!u^ (`ajir) is used for a hinny, which is also called a donkey's colt (Genesis 49:11; Zechariah 9:9).  The donkey's colt that Jesus Christ road was a hinny (Matt. 21:5 ; Mk 11:2; Lu 19:30; Jn 12:15).

Ant

Ants represent a cosmic stronghold.  They are killed by fumigation.  The anthill can represent Babylon, and the queen ant can represent the Prostitute of Babylon.  The worker ants represent laborers in a city (Proverbs 6:6; 30:25).

Angelic Manager Symbols

Dove

  1.  Doves are symbols of love

  2.   - Opposite of war (Psa 68:13)
      - Doves eyes (SOS 1:15, 4:1, 5:12 SL)
      - Doves hide in mountain clefts like lovers (SOS 2:14, SL)
      - Lover (SOS 5:2, Shepherd Lover speaking to Shulamite, 6:9 Solomon)
  3. Turtledoves and pigeons for Levitical sacrifices (Ge. 15:9; Lev 5:11, 12:8; Luk 2:24)
  4. Doves fly away from problems (Psa 55:6)
  5. Doves are messengers (Gen 8:11)
  6.  Turtledoves herald the Spring (SOS 2:12)
  7.  Moaning like a dove

  8.  - Hezekiah dying/recovered, Isa 38:14; 59:11
     - Handmaids at destruction of Nineveh, Nahum 2:7)
  9.  Mourning (Ezek 7:16)
  10.  Israel was like a silly dove (Hos 7:11)
  11.  Swift flight symbolizes regathering of Israel for Millennium (Isa 60:8 (doves to dovecotes); Hos 11:11)
  12.  Holy Spirit (Matt 3:16; Luk 3:22; Jn 1:32)
  13.  Disciples were to be "innocent (of evil) as doves" (Matt. 10:16)

Locust

Locust names:
Joel 1:4 The leftovers of the gnawer the multiplier ate, and the leftovers of the multiplier the licker ate, and the leftovers of the licker the devourer ate. (Joel 1:4)
  1. Plague of Egypt (Ex. 10:4-15; Psa 78:46, 105:34)
  2.  Pestilence in the cycles of national cursing (Deut. 28:38; 2 Chron 6:28, 7:13; Amos 7:1)
  3.  Invading hoards:

  4.  -  Midianites were like locusts (Jdg 6:5, 7:12)
     -  Egyptian Army (Jer 46:23)
     -  Invaders of Babylon (Jer. 51:14, 27)
     -  Invaders of Israel at 2nd Advent (Joel 1:4, 15, 2:2; Rev. 9:3-11).
     -  Ninevah and its invaders (Na 3:15-17)
  5.  March out in ranks (Prov. 30:27)


References

1.  Amanda Ortega.  "A Look at the Nubian Ibex,"  http://www.whozoo.org/Intro99/ortega/aortnubianibex.htm
2.  "Big Birds,"  http://www.roadtripamerica.com/animals/ostrich.htm

Preliminary Release February 26, 2000 - Revised May 30, 2004

Author: Larry Wood
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